Panic attacks. A terrifying but weak visitor.

Panic attacks. A terrifying but weak visitor.


A panic attack is a sudden and intense feeling of anxiety, fear, and loss of control without apparent danger. Physical symptoms often accompany panic attacks, such as shaking, sweating, shortness of breath, a fast heart rate, chest pain, dizziness, nausea, stomach pain, tingling, or numbness in the hands.

During a panic attack, a person may experience the sensation of collapsing, having a heart attack, or dying. The attack can last several minutes to half an hour, causing fear and anxiety. Though the symptoms may feel overwhelming, they typically do not cause harm to the person’s health. Unfortunately, this fear of experiencing another panic attack may cause individuals to limit themselves by avoiding situations they believe could trigger another episode.

It’s crucial for individuals who have had panic attacks to understand that these incidents are not harmful and can be managed effectively. Here are some methods to consider:

Consistent practice of breathing and relaxation exercises. This way, when a panic attack occurs, the individual can focus on their breathing and take slow, steady breaths. This can help decrease the intensity of their breathing and heart rate.

Regular exercise, particularly aerobic exercise, can help alleviate tension, reduce stress, and boost mood.

Psychotherapy. A trained mental health professional can assist in identifying the root causes of the attacks and provide practical strategies for managing them.

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